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Murray: Neal has been fantastic

Albion man has plenty of praise for fellow forward.

By Alex Stedman • 04 May 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray and Neal Maupay in discussion on the training field.

Glenn Murray says that team-mate Neal Maupay has enjoyed a ‘fantastic’ first season in the Premier League and believes that there is plenty more to come from the Frenchman.

The summer arrival from Brentford has notched nine goals during the 2019/20 season, his first in England’s top-flight, and Murray has been impressed with his hard working ethos. 

He said, “It’s been a fantastic year for Neal – whenever you haven’t played in the league there’s a question mark over you. 

“He’s proved himself as a Premier League goal scorer. I see his work ethic every day and that will only make him better.

“He’s always willing to listen and learn from everyone around him. He picks bits up wherever he can. His attitude and aggression in the right way is key to being a top player.”

“There’s no reason he can’t score 20 goals a year in this league with the right service. Every forward thinks they should have scored more, regardless of how many they’ve got.

“We always do finishing work after training. He asked if he could join in, and I said of course he could. We have three goalkeepers and we all work together – it’s good fun and gets the best out of both parties.”

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Premier League action is currently paused due to the COVID-19 crisis. Murray believes it will change many aspects of the game in the future, and he also spoke about the importance of the connection the club has with the people of Sussex.

“I think that it will change football in quite a big way. Contracts will be worded with these sorts of situations in mind again. Owners may run things differently and keep money back for a rainy day in the future,” he added. 

“At Brighton we’ve always tried to be close to the fans and our rise has been quick. I remember the days when we were going around local schools to encourage the kids to come to the Amex instead of the Emirates or Stamford Bridge when we were in League One. 

“Since those times we’ve kept that connection with the local community. All the things we’ve done in recent weeks reflect that. Our slogan then was ‘together’ and that continues to this day.”

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